Low Head has been fishing quite well but no records have been broken.
The water temperature is fluctuating between 15-17C which is making things quite patchy. Some anglers have been waiting the return of the yellowtail kingfish. But with the water temperature varying there has been no sign yet – February should hopefully see them return.
Southern calamari are still being taken by the recreational angler. The commercial anglers have had a fantastic season but are now chasing the wrasse.
There are some good reports of flounder being taken at the Lagoon and the Penguin Beach area. The run in-tide after dark and around the full moon seem to have been the best times.
George Town pontoon has been a bit spasmodic. The pontoons in York Cove have slowed up with Australian salmon and yellow eye mullet being the main catches. Some boat anglers have been catching some small but legal-size blue warehou mainly around the Garden Island. Low tide has been the most productive time.
Batman Bridge area has also been a bit quiet but a few catches of snapper and elephant fish have been taken. During the last month there was talk of a beautiful southern black bream taken off the Deviot pontoon which apparently weighed in at 2kg. It was taken on a whole green prawn.
This time last year at Beechford there had been reports of huge King George whiting taken off the beach. Well it has happened again! Michelle O’Connor and her daughter Paige have had fantastic results in the surf of a night. They have been landing some big gummy sharks and flathead as well as landing another huge whiting. They landed the whiting about 1am using squid for bait. It is great to see some female anglers so keen with the family heading out up to 5 times a week.
Bream are still being taken in the Piper. Scott Schiebl of George Town landed a lovely 41cm bream recently using prawns for bait. Square back crabs are also taking their fair share of bream.
Steve Butt and his family also had some fishing success down the Northeast coast at Musselroe Bay. The Butt family spends most Christmas and Easter holidays at the families shack. They regularly fish in the bay from the shore and catch a wide variety of fish.
Recent reports are good with catches of nice King George whiting, bream, salmon and silver trevally all being taken off the shore near the boat ramp. They also mentioned some nice flathead are being taken by the boat anglers. They suggest the best baits for the bay would be pink nippers and prawns.
Paige O’Connor with another lovely king gorge whiting taken late at night from the beach at Beechford.Reads: 1580